Patrice Evra crossing against Swansea
Part of the reason United are struggling so much is due to a lack of central play this season.
David Moyes' tactics, coupled with a weak midfield core of Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Marouane Fellaini, Ryan Giggs and Tom Cleverley, have led United to abandon any efforts to attack the goal from the middle of the pitch.
They have whipped in a league-high 27 crosses per game this season, while only attacking through the middle of the field a league-low 24 percent of the time, per WhoScored.
Once again, their numbers stack up far differently from their more prolific and more successful rivals.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have crossed the ball 21, 20, and 18 times per game respectively—all below the league average.
While it should be said that all three of these clubs probably have better central midfielders than United, it could also be said that United simply aren't using their midfielders the right way.
Marouane Fellaini could still wind up being a good United player, while Michael Carrick is also a very talented passer.
United probably don't have the midfield required to play primarily through the center, but a little more balance could certainly pay dividends.